I realize that this is a sort of petty thing to remark upon, but read the opening paragraph in this CBS News story from earlier today:
(CBS) A federal indictment alleges that Vice President Cheney's now-former chief of staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby committed perjury during, among other things, a conversation he had with Time magazine reporter Matt Cooper.Well, considering that Matt Cooper is neither a jury nor a judge nor a prosecutor, how can Libby have committed perjury by talking to him?
The more interesting part of this story is that, in the very next sentence, we find that Cooper is "not so sure" that Libby committed whatever would be the actual equivalent to perjury when he made the mistake of talking to Cooper in the first place. (Emphasis mine.)
[CBS News personality Harry] Smith pointed out that the indictment apparently alleges that Libby told the FBI and the grand jury that it was reporters, "people like you (Cooper), presumably," who told him Plame's identity. "Could you discern that from your conversation," Smith asked Cooper, "That you suggested it, he confirms it?"This is just incredibly fucking weak. Fitzgerald spent two years on this?
"Yeah," responded Cooper. "I suggested it. He confirmed it. But there was no suggestion, I guess as alleged in the indictment, that he went ahead and, you know, talked to me about how he heard it and such. So, I think you've got a situation where the prosecutor is accusing him of several cases of perjury and obstruction of justice, and you're going to have witnesses or the people who work most closely with Libby in the White House and, potentially, reporters testifying in this case."
Oh, and the first namby-pamby Leftist I hear complain about the anti-media attitude or silent treatment shown by this Administration in the wake of this nonsense is going to get groin-punted.